Usually for holiday MAC releases one big, universally distributed holiday collection (this year it was Magic, Mirth, and Mischief), and then a second, smaller, “couture” collection in swanky packaging, sold through freestanding MAC stores and Nordstrom. This year it’s available in MAC stores only, and the ladies at my Nordstrom counter are still in denial.
Baroque Boudoir is also smaller than the last few collections have been. It includes three lipsticks, three glosses, and a clutch. The sheer mystery powders have been re-released, but only in two shades. (According to my source, Dark Secret didn’t sell particularly well.)
The lipsticks and glosses are $22 each. The Sheer Mystery Powders are $60 (up from Monogram’s $50 and Stylistics’ $45). The clutch is $65.
I think it’s interesting that the lipsticks are Cremesheens. Based on early product photos, I thought I was going to be all over Prive, but now that I’ve swatched it, I think it’s too blue for me. If I’m interpreting MAC’s website correctly, these glosses are some kind of special new formula. They’re actually sheer tints with tons of dense sparkle (which gives them their color) and they have brush wands.Sheer Mystery Powders are matte finishing powders. (Mineralized Skinfinish Natural contains light reflectors for more of a satin finish.) Your $60 gets you the heavy, refillable compact and two pans of product (one in the compact, plus a refill). Sheer Mystery Powder is generally sold only during holiday.
There’s not a huge gap between the two shades. I’d wear Light Medium (and I’m ~NW20. I wear MAC F&B in N1). Yes, my arms are more tan than my face.
I last swatched the Sheer Mystery Powders in their Kitty Kouture (Hello Kitty) release. Click here to revisit those swatches or remind yourself what Dark Secret looked like.
So will you succumb to the damask packaging? Are any of these products calling your name?
MAC Baroque Boudoir: Baroque Boudoir, Prive, Treasured, D’Nouveau, Preciousness, The Lap of Luxury, Light Medium, Medium Plus